Public participation Networks - Well Being presentation

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This is the presentation by Michael Ewing from the Environmental Pillar on Public Participation Networks as part of local government reform. Dated April 2014

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Public participation Networks - Well Being presentation

  1. 1. Public Participation Networks Creating a Vision of Well-Being for Our Communities for This and Future Generations Michael Ewing Coordinator of the Environmental Pillar
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  3. 3. “The continuing success of Irish society depends fundamentally on the preservation of the overall productivity, health and long term sustainability of the eco-systems and environmental services that underpin and supply many of the most basic components of human welfare - such as healthy soils, flourishing biodiversity, clean water and clean air. 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 3
  4. 4. Public Participation Networks (PPNs) and their “Visions For Community Well-Being” • As you will be hearing, the Plenaries of the County/City PPNs and the Municipal District PPNs will commence their work by going through a process to set out what they consider is necessary to promote well-being in their community for present and future generations. • This statement will act as a guiding vision statement for everything done by the group that drew up the statement e.g. choosing representatives, taking positions on issues, developing activities of any kind etc. • Well-being statements should be reviewed by the PPNs bi-annually. 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 4
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  6. 6. Individual Well- Being According to a study by the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) “a person’s well-being relates to their physical, social and mental state. It requires that basic needs are met, that people have a sense of purpose, and that they feel able to achieve important goals, to participate in society and to live the lives they value and have reason to value”. 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 6
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  8. 8. 15/09/2011 Presented to the Social Justice Ireland Conference 8
  9. 9. World Population 15/09/2011 Presented to the Social Justice Ireland Conference 9
  10. 10. Species on the verge of mass extinction 15/09/2011 Presented to the Social Justice Ireland Conference 10
  11. 11. 15/09/2011 Presented to the Social Justice Ireland Conference 11
  12. 12. Community Well-Being A society’s well-being requires that economic, political, environmental, cultural and social developments all be sustainable. It also requires a focus on inter- generational justice to ensure the well- being of future generations is promoted. 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 12
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  15. 15. Sustainability • The Human race developed within and is entirely reliant on the natural environment for its well- being • Human social structures initially evolved within the limitations of the natural environment and they must start to do so again in order to flourish. • Economic systems were developed within the context of those social structures. • There is a huge disconnect between the capacity of the natural ecosystems to withstand abuse, and the economic systems that are driving their destruction. 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 15
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  17. 17. Development of a Vision • The development of a vision for the well-being of our communities for this and future generations can begin that search for a sustainable future for all members of the community. • A shared vision is lacking at the national level, but could grow from these local community visions. 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 17
  18. 18.  The term was used by the Brundtland Commission, 1992 which coined what has become the most often-quoted definition of sustainable development as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.  It is a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for future generations.  Brundtland noted"...the "environment" is where we live; and "development" is what we all do in attempting to improve our lot within that abode. The two are inseparable." 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 18 What do we mean by Sustainable Development ?
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  20. 20.  Sustainable development should tie together concern for the carrying capacity of natural systems with the social challenges facing humanity.  As early as the 1970s "sustainability" was employed to describe an economy "in equilibrium with basic ecological support systems.“  Ecologists have pointed to The Limits to Growth and presented the alternative of a “steady state economy” in order to address environmental concerns.  The use of ecosystem management goes mainstream and ecological accounting is born. 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 20 How do we now see the sustainable interaction of the Pillars?
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  22. 22. 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 22 “ No subsystem can expand beyond the capacity of the total system of which it is a part” - Jonathon Porritt
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  24. 24. Developing the Vision • People working together with shared understandings and expectations are what provide a place of strong community. • Doing so within a shared understanding based on the limits to growth presented by the natural environment creates a community that cares for the needs of this and the generations to follow. 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 24
  25. 25. Thank You Go raibh maith agaibh www.environmentalpillar.ie 26/03/2014 Environmental Pillar 25

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